PRINT AND POD
Pickawoowoo is a print solutions company rather than a printer. Print and POD means we use the process that best fits your needs. If Print-on-Demand best suits your needs, we’ll link you with world class POD solutions (that is not Amazon).
If it makes more sense to print short-run quantities, we’ll get your book into POD production (a digital book printing plant). For larger print runs, we’ll get your books into production through our affiliation with onshore and offshore printers.
At Pickawoowoo we’ll help you navigate those waters and know when to make the switch from POD to Digital to Offset and back.
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What is POD (Print-on-Demand)? Print-on-Demand is technology used to print and bind a single copy of a book at a time. Some publishers use POD as a method to maintain a book’s availability without maintaining inventory.
Some publishers have only ever produced books using print-on-demand. You have to determine which method fits your needs. Print-on-Demand is attractive. It doesn’t need any up-front investment in inventory. If you are producing more than one copy at a time, this is commonly referred to as short run printing, or micro inventory.
Self publishing companies inflate book prices. This is how they make money off your print runs. We’re proud to say, we give you direct access to our POD partners. You always pay the wholesale cost for printing. While print costs matter in every print run, it matters most when you have a small print run (under 500).
When you see how much you’ll save in printing costs with Pickawoowoo showing you POD solutions, you won’t believe it.
Almost every self-publishing company uses one of two printers for print-on-demand book printing. We don’t hide our POD printer or prices and we’re extremely proud of that. That’s why it’s easy to know what other book publishers pay for print-on-demand book printing. We all use the same pricing sheet.
Pickawoowoo Publishing Group believes that the author should be the one who profits from their book sales, not us.
DIGITAL PRINTING v PRINT-ON-DEMAND PRINTING
Print-on-demand (POD) books use a digital printing press. POD printing means that a printer prints as few as one or two copies of a book at a time. This is always done using a digital printing press because it does not need the intensive setup that offset printing does.
Digital book printing (short run book printing) allows you to print a smaller volume of books. This is in contrast to an offset print run. At Pickawoowoo Publishing Group we recommend using digital printing for almost all print jobs under 500 copies. There are very few digital printers that only specialise in the production of books. If you get a quote that looks too good to be true, it is. Finding the best price, while an important factor, is not the only factor. We make sure that you work with a quality printer that specialises in book production.
OFFSET BOOK PRINTING
Offset book printing. The highest quality book printing available. The most efficient method for printing a large volume of books and the most cost effective. We provide authors with quotes for Australian based offset printing and offshore printing quotes in China.
COLOUR BOOK PRINTING
Colour book printing is particularly done in children’s picture books. Coffee table books. Cookbooks. Simultaneously done for either digital or offset. Colour digital printing prints in the UK and ships to Australia. It is more affordable than ever before. Yet, if your book page number is over 40 pages, then the cost to print a colour book using the digital method can get very expensive. Especially if it is hardcover. With Print on Demand the book is either all colour or all black and white.
In the end, with offset print you can attempt to reduce the cost of your book by making only portions of it colour. The more page insertions you have, the higher the cost. Often, this is why the book prints on a colour press (digital or offset) even if only 20-30 percent of the pages are colour.